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By Jake Douglas

Deke Cutler served ten lengthy, demanding years within the Texas Rangers and appeared ahead to his retirement. He aimed to affix his previous pard, Durango Spain, at the crimson River ranch that they had got. yet together with his gun arm crippled, Deke knew he used to be in greater hassle than any he had continued within the Rangers.

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Everything in this chapter is about page-turning. Devices in other chapters, such as suspense and tension, cause narrative drive, but the devices in this chapter illustrate structural elements and how the placement of words, scenes, and interrupted action can press the story ahead. Techniques like foreshadowing, tension, and suspense prickle the reader’s nerves. A nervous reader is an involved reader, and an involved reader keeps turning the pages. Involvement begins when you create a realistic story world, implant an issue that demands to be resolved, and introduce a character or group of characters who are intensely interesting to readers.

Gripp irres page turn Reversals A reversal occurs when a scene or chapter ending is the opposite of the beginning. Reversals create narrative drive and suspense because mood shifts, switcheroos, and the like cause the reader to flip pages. indd 53 3/18/09 10:43:27 AM vices drive tory head nable hing about page ning pense nsion Reversals showcase the ups and the downs of a character’s life. For example, a protagonist can be destitute and end up winning the lottery, a happily married couple can separate, or a celebrated detective can be forced to resign in disgrace.

Readers want to know the essential details about a character— male or female, approximate age, attractive or unattractive. If your character is acting and talking, the reader will believe that he is real, so reveal only the tip. indd 33 3/18/09 10:17:23 AM Backstory in Commercial and Literary Fiction, and in Short Stories ories tory front tory overs cenes n the page ning n the esent Backstory is especially necessary in horror, historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. In a horror story, it provides clues about supernatural elements and causes the reader to fear the adversary, whether it’s a zombie, a psychotic nurse, or technology that is taking over characters’ brains.

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